Mt. Pleasant’s 5-Year Anniversary

Posted on behalf of Crystal Yanez Flores and Paul Wilson.

Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with little toothpick flags that say Welcome to the new Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library in English and Spanish. Some flags have Exercise your Right To Library instead.
Delicious cupcakes from the ribbon cutting of Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library (Bridge Branch). Mt. Pleasant opened it's doors five years ago.

Celebrating 5 Years

The Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library (Bridge Branch), opens a new window just celebrated five years of service to its community. San José Public Library (SJPL) worked in partnership with Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District (MPESD) to convert an unused building at Robert Sanders Elementary School into a library. On April 10, 2019, Mt. Pleasant opened as SJPL's first Bridge Branch.
A Bridge Branch Library provides library services to residents in neighborhoods where geographic barriers may limit access. By transforming a new or existing facility, such as a school's multipurpose building, into a functional public library; a safe place is created for students and every member of the community to read, learn, and explore.

What Is Available at Mt. Pleasant?

Young child browses picture books on Mt. Pleasant's shelves.This bridge branch offers 8,000 items for checkout, opens a new windowWi-Fi access, opens a new window, and library events, opens a new window. You can also use its one-of-a-kind laptop station for printing and personal work. You can also book your time with the laptop by reserving before you visit, opens a new window.
Do you want a little more than what is available onsite in Mt. Pleasant's collection, which includes books, opens a new windowgraphic novels, opens a new windowChromebooks, opens a new window, Wi-Fi-hotspots, opens a new windowCalifornia State Park Passes, opens a new windowESL, opens a new window and U.S. Citizenship, opens a new window materials, and DVDs, opens a new window? You can place a hold on any items at any SJPL location and have them delivered at Mt. Pleasant for pickup.

Something Extra for MPESD Students

Beginning in the Fall 2019 school year, all MPESD students received student library cards, opens a new window. These cards offer the following:
The Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library (Bridge Branch) was the first location to implement SJPL’s student library card initiative, now offered via all branches offer in partnership with more than 22 participating school districts citywide.

How Are We Doing?

Children create giant bubbles for onlookers outside of the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library.In 2023 alone, this Bridge Branch welcomed more than 2,300 visitors and hosted more than 70 programs, including storytimes, community events in partnership with the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Association, holiday celebrations, regular class visits, and more—all for free.
On Fridays at 4:00 PM, Mt. Pleasant offers a regular family storytime, opens a new window. On Saturdays, you can enjoy our family board game hour, opens a new window. There have also been fun performances and programs, such as Happy Birds, Jungle James, giant bubble stations, a balloon lady, and even a one-of-a-kind insect program from a local partner.
Earlier this year, Mt. Pleasant offered a new kids cooking program, opens a new window. Local youth learned how to cook simple meals on their own. The program quickly proved popular within the community and regularly "sells out".

Visit Us Soon

We hope to welcome you as a visitor to Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library (Bridge Branch), nestled in the eastern foothills of San José. For more details about hours and location, please visit its page.